Posts in Joie de Vivre
Styling A Bedside Table In A Modern Guest Room Featuring Gantri

Actually putting things on a nightstand in the guest room that your guests could/would enjoy?!!! Oui, please!!!

No matter who your guests are, there are a few items that are great, essential pieces to have on hand.

A bedside table-light is a great piece to start with when you are trying to figure out what to place on a side table or nightstand. It provides light if your guests need to get up in the middle of the night or perhaps they are readers and there is nothing worse than having to get up from bed sleepy eyed to turn off a light-switch. We love this Paris light by Javier Martinez from Gantri so much. Like all things French, Paris is simple, stylish and sophisticated. Its elegant design evokes the vintage and minimalist aesthetic of the French New Wave yet reimagined for the modern era.This versatile light adds character, culture and a soft, warm glow to any bedroom, living room or kitchen. It’s très chic, for nostalgics and modernists alike. It also comes in three colors!!

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Getting to know Gloria : An Esthetician Who Connects Health, Wellness & Personal Development With Self-Care + Beauty To Help Others Feel Beautiful Inside And Out.

The first interview of 2019 is all about high vibrational beauty with the lovely Gloria from Ihloff Spa in Utica Square. And we have partnered with a great giveaway for one of lucky ducks too so be sure to catch the deets over on this Instagram post.

Gloria has always been propelled by whole body wellness. Years before health and wellness became the popular mainstay that it is today, Gloria understood what true health and beauty was about: balance, self-love and feeling connected to your own inner spiritual being. She is sharing her favorite recipes, rituals, and magic with us today!!

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Fuller, Thicker Hair In Less Than 60 Seconds

If my hair could speak, then mine would definitely be screaming, “I’m oily! And I am thinning!”. The older I get..the more I struggle with the epic battle of thinning hair and even hair loss. I have extensions and that is a great solution for thicker fuller hair but when you start thinning at the roots at the very top of your head—well extensions cannot fix that. I part my hair in the middle too and when I keep seeing that middle part get wider and wider I literally want to hide and cry.


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Girl Talk//Tips & Tricks On Avoiding And Managing UTI's

Hellloooo Ladies! Happy 2019!!

I am so excited that my first post of the new year is one that is health related as I cannot think of a better time to start taking care of business and by business, I mean a healthy urinary tract! Sometimes life throws us curveballs which makes our bodies throw us curveballs and suddenly nothing is working right. I'm talking about getting a dreaded urinary tract infection, which is one of the most common bacterial infections. And for me, my very own stress levels trigger urinary tract infections. (Our bodies struggle to flush out UTI-causing bacteria more when we're stressed and our immune system is compromised than when we're feeling healthy.) It has been this way for years and years too. I admit it. I have suffered from chronic recurrent UTI’s my whole adult life. And my personal vow when suffering from a health discomfort is to always try and heal naturally first so today I am sharing some tips and tricks to reduce the re-occurrence of UTIs among sufferers. These tips will help you maintain good urinary tract health in the new year and beyond.

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Soaptopia// Junk Free All Natural Soap

I know many of you might need some last minute stocking stuffers and beautiful products for your guest bathrooms too this Christmas season so today I want to share Soaptopia with you!

Their SOAPstory began as a vision in Venice, California in 2005, and has blossomed to fill the homes and hearts of customers with alluring smells, moisturizing lathers, and products that are pumped with personality.

While ever-searching for the perfect pure and natural solution for her allergies to most products that saturated the market, Soaptopia founder Jolie Chitwood explored new alternatives, hoping to find a product that was equal parts nourishing, natural, and enveloped in a yummy scent. She experimented with her own concoctions, and her newfound solution became an inspiration to focus on the energetic aspects of healing, and understanding of how energy moves within our bodies. She created her own handmade soaps, transforming her home into an apothecary of sensory bliss, filled with flowers and natural oils, and immersed herself in the study of herbal holistic education.

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DIY Modern Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece With Whole Foods Market

Looking for simple, elegant Halloween and Thanksgiving table decor ideas? This pumpkin floral centerpiece combines sage green and a softer, romantic color palette that screams all things fall.

I will totally admit that this fall I’ve been struggling with inspiration. Everyone was decorating pumpkins and making cornucopias and it was all I could do to bring out some of our festive decorations. So I headed over to Glitter Guide’s website (something I always do when I need some good inspo) and I found these beautiful pumpkin floral centerpieces that Baba Souk shared on their site! I fell in love with the look of them and was so intrigued by how easy they seemed to put together!

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Farm Sweet Farm Oklahoma: Local Spotlight

Happy Sunday!

I am so excited to take you behind the scenes today!

I have talked about these beautiful products before when I launched my holiday gift guide a few weeks ago and I am so thrilled for you to meet the wonderful people behind Farm Sweet Farm Oklahoma. You will have the opportunity to meet Nina in person too at this year’s An Affair of The Heart show in November here in Tulsa. If you have not grabbed your tickets..I highly suggest getting them now! I am also hosting several ticket giveaways over on my Instagram over the next few weeks prior to the show!!! So tune in for that too.

When Nina invited me to her farm to meet the goats..well how could I resist?! My dear friend Brooke joined and took these lovely photos too!

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What to Expect at Your First Mammogram/ Sam’s Personal Story

Today is NATIONAL MAMMOGRAPHY DAY and I wanted to share a personal story with you all…

National Mammography Day is observed annually on the third Friday in October as part of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

This day serves as a reminder to all women that the best defense is early detection. A mammogram can often detect a problem before there is any outward physical sign. Make sure you get your regular checkups.

The story of my mammogram…

Let me start off by saying, breast cancer does not run in my family.

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5 Reasons Why I Left Great Lengths And Came Back To PerfecTress® Hair Extensions

For the majority of my life I have always had long hair but have also always worn hair extensions! And it’s no secret! But if you are a new reader, let me bring you in on a little secret of mine: I wear extensions more often than not! While I wish that my hair could grow five inches overnight, I’ve come to terms with the fact that extensions are the only way to make this dream a reality. Don’t get me wrong, I love wearing my hair natural too, well okay, I am totally fibbing…I hate my natural hair. I’m lacking in volume and length so I make up for it with my hair extensions. You can search hair extensions on my blog and have a whole weekend’s worth of reading material. Two years ago I made a big decision to leave the brand of extensions I had been wearing for a long time for Great Lengths hair extensions and while I was very happy with how they looked, I was not happy with a lot of things about them! (The major thing being the price and the longevity of them)

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Ten Must Have Items From An Affair Of A Heart Tulsa

One week ago today I launched my holiday gift guide with my top ten gift items I was most excited about from the upcoming An Affair of a Heart show in Tulsa! If you missed that post find it here. It’s such a beautiful curated selection of one-of-a-kind gifts just in time for the holidays to fit anyone’s taste and budgets!

It’s getting closer and closer to the shopping event of the year where we will all explore miles of aisles of beautiful items to purchase for ourselves and loved ones! Attendees will have the chance to browse—and purchase—everything from clothing to artwork, ceramics, gourmet edibles, bags, apothecary, and more. And as promised I want to show you my top ten picks in my natural environment! I truly adore every single one of these pieces and just cannot wait for you to meet the vendors behind them! And I cannot wait to jumpstart the Thanksgiving holiday with my friends and family at An Affair of The Heart-the funnest curated shopping event in Middle America.

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Overnight Favorites

My favorite parts of my skincare and bedtime routine occur in the evening. There's nothing more satisfying than giving your skin and mind all the love and TLC it needs after a stressful day. The night is also the time where your skin repairs itself, so it makes sense to give it as much help as it needs to achieve maximum results. Below are some of my tried and tested gems that I really recommend for some overnight magic—some for the skin-some for the mind.

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Facial And Skin Obsessed

One thing I do know is that I would really love for my skin to look like I was just born. Which means: facials every month!!!

Think of professional facials as a monthly ‘spring cleaning’ for your skin. While daily cleansing, weekly exfoliating and skin care are essential, it’s the professional facials that will thoroughly clean your skin and revitalise it incomparably.

Although results from facials are usually seen instantly after a single facial, the benefits of committing to regular facials are cumulative – and here are 4 reasons why you need monthly facials:

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Smells Like Fall

In celebration of the launch of Skylar's first forest-inspired scent, 100% of today's proceeds will be donated to the National Forest Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on restoring and supporting our National Forests.

Welcome to everyday serenity. The ultimate earthy enchantment. Just like the tree, this scent exudes balance, growth and harmony. Inspired by the sound of wind blowing through the trees, finding a waterfall through the woods, and grounding yourself in nature - this elevated scent will give you the peace only connecting with the Earth can offer. Enjoy this forest-inspired, woodsy, lush and elevated scent and experience everyday serenity with one spritz. Time to go back to your roots, love.


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Friday Five//The Summer Edition

It's Friday so you know what that means....it's time for another Friday Five round up! I have so neglected this series (catch up on older Friday Five's here) and I promise to stay more on-top of it! It has always gotten a great response and is such a great way for me to recap the things I am sharing on my Instagram that you may have missed. 

My beauty bag has been inundated with new beauty products to try – from new to me skin care products, cosmetics, and some fabulous haircare items.  All of the gems featured here have been personally reviewed by me for weeks and I have a feeling you are really going to love them.

I feel like it's pretty much impossible to have a good hair day in the summer and forget makeup as it just drips off my oily skin by noon in these three digit temps. So I really rely on finding the best products to keep me looking somewhat decent out there! (and hydrated) So here are my five for this week's summer edition. 

First thing's first....beauty starts from the inside...and hydration is so important.

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